Accidents can happen to anyone, anytime without any notice. For the past 12 years, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) have been informing the nation the importance of preparations as they selected September as National Preparedness Month.
DHS (Department of Homeland Security) suggested drivers to follow directions below to secure safety when disasters occur.
- Always having the gas full
- Never driving through flood areas and keeping in mind of wet streets
- If wires fell down above the car, stay in the car until rescue team arrives
- Fill appropriate amount of antifreeze in the car
- Regularly check the car battery
- Receive inspections on breaks, exhaust pipes, gas filter, heater, ice scraper, oil, temperature, windshield, wipers, and tires from a professional mechanic.
Safety is also important when you are “in” the car. According to Bankrate.com, every driver out of three has an experience of getting his or her car out of order or in a similar situation. Therefore, you must have emergency kit in your car.
National Safety Council suggests that you must have the below list of things in your car. Also, you need to check the expiration date every six months.
- Full-pressure Spare tire, wheel wrench and jack
- Jumper Cables
- Flashlight and extra battery
- First-aid medical supplies
- Reflective vest
- Cellphone charger
- Fire extinguisher
- duck tape
- rain coat
- Clothes for cold weather
- Contacts for insurance company and ambulance service
Original article available at autos.koreadaily.com
Translated by Audrey Joung